How would you describe 'dating' vs 'long term relationship' on a dating site?

A dating site I just joined has the option of saying you're looking for (among other choices) friendship, dating, or long term relationship. Mainly I want to know what YOU think the difference between 'dating' and 'long term relationship' is. Also, when a guy marks 'friendship' what... show more A dating site I just joined has the option of saying you're looking for (among other choices) friendship, dating, or long term relationship.

Mainly I want to know what YOU think the difference between 'dating' and 'long term relationship' is. Also, when a guy marks 'friendship' what do you think that signifies?

IMO, 'friendship' could mean he's with someone, or he's just looking for a less stressful way to meet women and then move forward if someone really takes his interest, or of course that he just wants friends. But what's most likely? I mean, it is a dating site.
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